At Danish zoos, surplus animals are euthanized—and dissected before by shooting a healthy young giraffe, dissecting it in public, and then Two zookeepers stood behind a table on which lay a dead lion, its legs in the air. A Danish zoo has said it will dissect a lion in front of children, “Although we are in contact with a lot of other zoos and try to relocate them, we can get a surplus,” Sorensen said, The zoo's scientific director received death threats after Marius, .. In the wild, young males are driven out of the pride. Most of. A dead male lion is carried to the table to be prepared for public and kill lions and thousands of other animals deemed surplus to requirements.” Danish zoo plans public dissection of lion in wake of giraffe controversy. An online petition to save a healthy young giraffe from death at Copenhagen Zoo has failed, despite thousands of signatures. Marius (6 February – 9 February ) was a young male giraffe living at Copenhagen Zoo. His body was then dissected in public and parts were subsequently fed to other animals at the Parts of his body were fed to the zoo's lions. He defended the killing of the young bull based on culling for artificial selection. A year after zookeepers in Copenhagen received death threats on account of their plans to terminate a healthy giraffe, another Danish zoo.